The real reason these contestants exited The Bachelor



As viewers know by now, The Bachelor is a show where hopeful singles try to find love with an eligible bachelor or bachelorette. One person who didn’t get this memo? Season 14 contestant Rozlyn Papa, who allegedly hooked up with a male producer on the show while she supposedly pursued love with bachelor Jake Pavelka. Yikes.

Here’s what happened: During filming, Harrison and other Bachelor staffers were alerted that Papa had allegedly engaged in a physical relationship with one of the producers. Harrison then confronted Papa about the situation on-camera, before kicking her off the series. “I’m not sitting here in judgment of you, nobody is,” he explained to Papa. “We’re not saying it was wrong, it’s something that happened.”

Papa didn’t address the situation at the time, arguing that it would put her in a “bad position.” But she later denied any wrongdoing, stating during a radio interview (via Us Weekly): “There was no making out! Unfortunately, I did not get any out of this big sex scandal that supposedly happened. If I had known that I was going to get accused of it, maybe I would have gone for it!”

Harrison’s position, however, has remained firm. “She had a physical relationship with a producer on our show,” he told People. “You cannot do that. There is no gray area … Other girls on the show saw it. The producer confessed more than once and to more than one person. I cannot make it any clearer.”



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Here’s why Jussie Smollett may have staged his attack


More information has come out about actor-singer Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hate crime attack.

On Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, Chicago’s CBS 2 revealed a possible motive amid ongoing speculation that the Empire star, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit FOX series, may have orchestrated the incident after receiving a racist, homophobic letter at the network’s Cinespace Studios late last month.

According to a source cited by the news outlet, “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack.” The insider went on to claim that Smollett was reportedly dismayed after the letter didn’t receive a “bigger reaction.”

The letter in question, which was received on Jan. 22, 2019, reportedly included a drawing of a gun pointed at a stick figure hanging from a tree, as well as a white powdery substance, which turned out to be crushed up aspirin. In addition to President Donald Trump’s “MAGA” slogan written on the envelope, the contents of the message itself included letters cut out from a magazine, which read, “You will die black f*g.” 

According to Page Six, the FBI has since taken over the investigation into the letter from the Chicago Police Department. 

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Smollett, 36, was allegedly attacked by two men in Chicago, Ill. in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019. The men in question reportedly used racist and homophobic hate speech while physically assaulting the TV star, pouring a chemical believed to be bleach on him, and placing a noose around his neck. While leaving the scene, they allegedly said, “This is MAGA country.” After Smollett sought medical treatment at Northwestern Memorial, authorities in the Windy City reportedly began its investigation into the incident as a possible hate crime.

For his part, Smollett broke his silence on the matter in a statement to Essence on Feb. 1. “Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger,” he wrote in part at the time. After thanking his supporters for their “outpouring of love and support,” Smollett noted that he’d been “100% factual and consistent” while working with the police. 

Sharing his belief that “justice will be served” following the “horrific incident,” he concluded, “Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”

Two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were later taken into police custody on Feb. 13 as potential suspects in the case, according to CBS Chicago. However, new evidence uncovered during their interrogations led authorities to switch gears amid the investigation over the weekend — prompting reports of a hoax and subsequent backlash online.

According to the news outlet, the Osundairo brothers, who have since been released without charges, reportedly told the Chicago PD that Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage the assault. They also reportedly claimed that the three rehearsed together prior to the incident (via TMZ). Furthermore, upon the brothers’ return from a recent trip to Nigeria, they were allegedly “promised an additional $500” from Smollett, according to CBS 2

“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump,” Ola and Abel Osundairo released in a joint statement to CBS Chicago on Monday, Feb. 18. “We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”

Smollett denied these claims in a statement released to CNN through his lawyers on Saturday, Feb. 16. “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” his attorneys’ statement read in part. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

It should be noted that, at the time of this writing, the Chicago PD has yet to publicly confirm nor deny this ongoing speculation of a staged attack amid its ongoing investigation.

In related news, Smollett’s role on an upcoming episode of Empire has reportedly been cut down significantly amid these rumors, as reported by TMZ. According to production sources cited by the gossip rag on Tuesday, Feb. 19, a number of the actor’s scenes in an episode that’s currently being filmed, as well as the “big musical number” he was meant to shoot, have allegedly been written out of the script altogether. However, Smollett will reportedly return to set later this week to film a handful of ensemble scenes sans rehearsal.



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What Janice from Friends looks like today



Wheeler may be best known for effecting a grating voice on Friends, but she’s actually a lifelong musician who has a killer set of pipes. “I used to say, ‘I act for my supper and I sing for my soul,'” she told Best Self Magazine. “For many years I was vigilant about not turning my singing work into work. That changed nine years ago.” 

After attending Community Choir Leadership Training in Victoria, British Columbia, Wheeler co-founded the Golden Bridge Community Choir (via Boomer Magazine). With a focus on South African, Australian, and Asian music, the group is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. “The spirit of Ubuntu is about sharing a bond,” Wheeler, who released an a cappella album called Sweet Time, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. She added, “On a personal level, the Golden Bridge Community Choir aims to connect people by joining their voices in song.”

As for whether she’ll ever connect this musical gig with her Friends roots, Wheeler jokingly told Digital Spy, “We’ve never done a number as Janice,” noting, “Maybe that would be something to think about for the future!” Raise your hand if you’d pay to see that!



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The untold truth of Fetty Wap



It ain’t easy being Fetty Wap. Or, more specifically, it ain’t easy juggling so many baby mamas, especially when they don’t get along. In January 2019, Lezhae Lowder (above left) was arrested for “disorderly conduct/improper behavior” after she was accused of pulling a knife during a fight with fellow baby mama Alexis Skyy (above right), according to TMZ.

The fight between Wap’s two exes took place in the parking lot of a White Castle in Paterson, N.J. after the women already had an encounter at a local bar. Lowder was working at the bar, and reportedly tried to attack Skyy when she came in as a customer. Skyy allegedly went home after that, but her friends went to White Castle, where Lowder also showed up. Thinking Skyy was still with the group, Lowder reportedly pulled up at the fast food joint and started throwing bottles at them. She then allegedly pulled a knife and that’s when a full-blown fight broke out. The authorities were called and Lowder ended up in handcuffs.

According to Lowder, however, Skyy was present for the burger joint brawl, and she pulled the knife to protect herself. Lowder also claims that “male” members of Skyy’s crew hit her, and that she wasn’t arrested for the fight, but rather, for “continuing to yell and threaten the opposing crew when cops eventually showed.” Oy, the drama!



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How you’ve been playing Skyrim wrong this whole time



The fastest way to increase proficiency in specific skills in Skyrim is by finding and paying trainer NPCs. These trainers can be found across large cities in Skyrim and will charge a hefty sum for training in whatever skill they happen to specialize in. However, if players do not want to spend their hard-earned gold on training, there is an exploit that allows the Dragonborn to train for free. In order to take advantage of this exploit, players must find specific trainers that can also become followers. 

There are seven trainers who can be companions, each of whom requires the completion of some type of quest in order to be available as the Dragonborn’s follower. After a trainer has become a companion, players can trade with followers after every training session to take their gold right back. Five of these trainers belong to the warrior guild The Companions, and can only be recruited as followers after the completion of the Companions’ main plot line. These trainers include Aela the Huntress (Archery), Athis (One-Handed), Farkas (Heavy Armor), Njada Stonearm (Block), and Vilkas (Two-Handed). One of the other trainers, Faendal (Archery), can be found in Riverwood and recruited after siding with him when completing the “A Lovely Letter” quest. The final trainer, apprentice mage Talvas Fathryon (conjuration), is only available in the Dragonborn add-on.



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Craziest things video games have gotten people to buy



Before collector’s editions became a mainstream part of the gaming industry, companies used peripherals and accessories when they wanted additional revenue streams outside of actual games. While Nintendo famously utilized R.O.B. the Robot to help sell NES consoles, Sega also found its own gimmicks that would, in theory, help boost sales.

In 1993, Sega and a company called Interactive Light teamed up to create the Activator, an octagon-shaped ring that players would stand in the middle of to control various Genesis games with their body movements. The unique technology, based on musician Assaf Gurner’s Light Harp, emitted infrared beams up at the ceiling. When a player’s movement would break a certain beam, it would result in an in-game action based on the controller input assigned to one of the Activator’s eight sections.

Despite being marketed as a device that allowed for accurate, free-range motion, the Activator didn’t work all that well. Developers only programmed three games — Mortal Kombat, Comix Zone, and Eternal Champions — with the device in mind, and the lack of developer support made its $80 price tag even more outrageous. While it was quickly discontinued, it was still a defining moment in gaming history. The Activator was the first full-body motion controller. While younger gaming enthusiasts probably think that title would belong to the Kinect, Sega beat Microsoft to the punch by more than a decade.



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GOG is having a Lantern Festival sale


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The acronym GOG is supposed to stand for Good Old Games, but don’t let that name fool you. The DRM-free shop also plays host to some newer titles. And in GOG’s latest sale — a Lantern Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year — you can get a few not-so-old games at pretty good prices.

Take the first two BioShock titles, for example. You might not remember, but both BioShock and BioShock 2 were remastered on PC back when BioShock: The Collection came to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016. Thanks to GOG’s Lantern Festival sale, you can now purchase and enjoy these games — and the improved visuals found within them — for $6.59 each.

You can also pick up a copy of Frostpunk, a strategy survival game set in the harsh, unforgiving cold of a brand new ice age. Depending on the circles you run in, this is a game you might not have heard a lot about. But strategy fans have definitely taken a liking to this effort from 11 Bit Studios, so if you think you have what it takes to keep a settlement up and running in freezing temps, you can get Frostpunk today for $17.99 — 40% off.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention The Witcher 3. CD Projekt Red, it seems, is now focused on making sure everyone humanly possible plays this game. The Game of the Year edition has already sold in several places for $15, and now on GOG, you can nab The Witcher 3 for that same price. And remember, it comes with the added benefit of being DRM-free.

And hey, why not a shout for THQ Nordic’s Darksiders 3? This is one that definitely flew under the radar, as it came out during a pretty busy fall release window. But those who have enjoyed the series’ first two entries thus far seem to have liked Darksiders 3, too. The game reportedly sold well enough to cover its costs, and honestly, it’s nice to see that be the goal rather than the accumulation of billions of dollars followed by mass layoffs. It’s almost as though THQ Nordic wants to employ people to make games.

According to GOG, the Lantern Festival sale will run until Feb. 25. Your week-long countdown clock starts now.



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What’s come out about Jussie Smollett’s attack



On Feb. 14, 2019, Good Morning America aired an exclusive interview with Jussie Smollett, during which he defended himself against the skeptics and questioned those who doubt his story. “It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth, you don’t even want to see the truth,” a tearful Smollett said. When questioned about why he was hesitant to call the police, Smollett said his decision was due to “a level of pride” of not wanting to be seen as a weak gay man.

Smollett then claimed people doubted his story because he said the attackers were white. “It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me … a lot more,” he said. “And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.” He also denied he said the attackers were wearing MAGA hats. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f*****, they called me a n*****. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae.”

When asked why he believes he was a target, Smollett claimed it was due to his outspoken criticisms of President Donald Trump. “I come really, really hard against 45,” he said. “I come really, really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue.”



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Things that’ll change how you see these Game of Thrones



Arya Stark has experienced a lot of fascinating dynamics with other characters on the show. She and Jon Snow had a tight bond, her relationship with Sansa is ever-changing, and she and Brienne of Tarth certainly have an understanding. She even managed to break into Tywin Lannister’s inner circle! Perhaps none of these dynamics is quite as interesting as the partnership she forged with Ser Sandor Clegane aka The Hound.

Even though he was on her kill list, The Hound still decided to help Arya, and throughout their travels, Arya may have been the kid, but she seemed to earn the Hound’s true respect and deference. As it turns out, that admiration proved true in real life, too. Actor Rory McCann has admitted that while they were filming together, actress Maisie Williams was definitely the wiser of the two. He told Rolling Stone, “She’s just such a good actress! Really clever, really bright, she knows everything … she’s a real help to me, because I’m a bit goofy and a bit daft. I forget where I am in the story and she knows my lines, my story, where we are, what’s going on, the reason we’re there. I get in trouble for pulling faces, and she keeps me in check.” So, if you enjoy the chemistry of this on-screen relationship, that’s because it was authentic for the two stars.



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Strange things about Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom



As if the situation involving Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom’s ex-wife isn’t sketchy enough, the Bieb’s most famous ex, songstress Selena Gomez, allegedly has some eyebrow-raising history with Bloom. Here’s the deal: In May 2016, Bloom and Gomez were spotted getting cozy at a nightclub in Las Vegas. This allegedly went down while the actor was in a relationship with Katy Perry. TMZ published photos of the pair hugging and embracing. In one shot, Gomez appears to be nuzzling Bloom’s neck. Yikes.

Shortly after the news broke, Perry tweeted a link to the 1969 song “Is That All There Is?” The ballad references disillusionment and heartache, and fans were quick to assume she was referencing her situation with Bloom. One verse says, “And then I fell in love with the most wonderful boy in the world … And then one day he went away and I thought I’d die, but I didn’t. And when I didn’t, I said to myself, ‘Is that all there is to love?'”

In an odd twist, Perry soon appeared to backpedal on that tweet, sharing an article about Bloom’s charity work: “Instead of giving energy & eyeballs to dumb conspiracy, check out how COOL this is,” she tweeted. Gomez responded to that message with a raised-hands emoji and added her two cents in a separate tweet: “#killemwithkindness – one day they’ll get it lol.” Wait, what really happened here? We’re seriously baffled.





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